As the United Workers Party (UWP) prepares to file in High Court, five election petitions this morning, lawyers on the government side are planning to submit a motion to strike out the petitions.
The election petitions speak to what the UWP has described as irregularities in the results of the December 18, 2009 general election; but Anthony Astaphan, one of the lawyers acting on behalf of government, says a strong stance will be taken against the petitions.
“We think it’s important that the issues be narrowed and the sustainable issues, if any, be identified, before we go to trial and we are going by the end of this month … We are going to apply to strike out all the petitions in whole or substantial part of all of the petitions,” he disclosed, adding that the UWP has been informed of the intention of lawyers for the ruling party.
Election petitions can be blown out, on grounds of improper pleading among others, Astaphan said.
The UWP, one week ago, announced the date for the filing of the petitions in court, and President of the party Edison James had told supporters not to lose faith in the court system.
– DNO Correspondent